Every winter, about 4,000-5,000 Humpback whales—two-thirds of the whole North Pacific population, migrate to Hawai‘i’s warm waters from the chilly environs of Alaska for a well-deserved respite. The peak of their activity is from January through March, making this an ideal time for us to view them in the wild. A whale breaching off the coast of Maui [Photo Courtesy Pacific Whale Foundation] While summers in Alaska are devoted to feeding, their winters in Hawai‘i are focused on reproduction. In fact, the state is considered the nation’s primary mating ... Read More
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By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Which Spam variety is your favorite? Who doesn’t love food? Who doesn’t love a street festival? Put them together and you’ve got a street festival celebrating one of the most perfect foods around. I’m talking, of course, about Waikiki Spam Jam, taking place this Saturday, April 27, along Kalākaua Avenue. Hawai‘i has a special love for this canned meat, dating back to its introduction to the islands during WW II. Since then, Spam has become a staple of local households and cuisine, having adapted itself ... Read More
By Kent Coules, Publisher Deciding to vacation in Hawai‘i is an easy choice for many as evidenced by the nearly 10 million people who visited in 2018. What is not so easy is deciding which island to visit. In this article, we provide 10 reasons why (and 10 types of people for whom) the Big Island might be the perfect choice for your first or next visit. 1. For the Volcanologists Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, home to Kīlauea Volcano, is the most visited site in the entire state, hosting over ... Read More
By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher “A life is not important except in the impact it has on others.”-Jackie Robinson No sport matches baseball when it comes to inspirational life quotes. Crazy Shirts President Scott Maroney must have absorbed some of these lessons growing up as a promising player in Southern California. “I played baseball from a very young age,” says Maroney. “I was drafted by the Angels as a left fielder right out of high school.” Just before leaving home for his first stop in the Angels’ minor league ... Read More
Visitors want to know: how does Hawai‘i celebrate Christmas? What do Christmas parades and other holiday traditions look like? Christmas in Hawai‘i Reality is sometimes even better than imagination...especially after you glimpse Santa in a Hawaiian shirt! We have put together a list of reasons why we cherish the holiday season here on the islands. Continue reading, and you might get some ideas for your next Hawai‘i family vacation! First Thing’s First: Trade the SNOW for the SAND! The holidays in Hawai‘i are not defined by snow, sleigh rides, ... Read More
While we may not be “dreaming of a white Christmas,” Hawaiʻi locals are still very fond of the winter season. Say goodbye to those winter boots and frumpy jackets (but probably keep an umbrella handy), because winter in Hawaiʻi is all about surf, sun, celebrations...and a few sprinkles every now and then. Need more convincing? Here are eight very good reasons to enjoy a winter reprieve in paradise.1. See big surf up closeThe winter months are heaven-sent to surfers in Hawaiʻi. During this thrilling season, pros and amateurs alike grab ... Read More
The month of December brings thoughts of gift giving and receiving, family gatherings and holiday parties. In Hawaii, it also brings a day of national remembrance held on December 7. This year, we observed the 75th Anniversary National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration—a lengthy title with an equally large number of unprecedented events held during this once-in-a-lifetime event. From December 1-11, movies on the beach, band performances, activities, special events, banquets, concerts and much more took place to remember the actions of that day, and to say a heartfelt "thank ... Read More
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